Q&A: Fred Ritchin on AI and the threat to photojournalism no one is talking about

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from Columbia Journalism Review,

In recent years, artificial intelligence engineers have used millions of real photographs—taken by journalists all over the world, and without those journalists’ permission—to train new imaging software to create synthetic photojournalism. Now anyone can prompt AI software like OpenAI’s DALL-E to generate convincing images of people or places that never existed, and of events that never occurred. In turn, those synthetic images continue to update AI software training.

Fred Ritchin, former photo editor at the New York Times, has been charting technological threats to photojournalistic integrity for years.

Now, as artists and agencies start to file suit against AI image generators, Ritchin is asking why the media is not more concerned about the enormous risk he sees artificial intelligence as posing to the credibility of visual journalism.

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